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Tree Mother of Africa

Becky Stone reading "Tree Mother of Africa" by Annelinde Metzner, 2009

Tree Mother of Africa

“I’m a child of the soil,” says Wangari.
“I don’t think you need a diploma to plant a tree.”
The women learn. They plant trees.
Teaching one another, nurturing the seedlings,
brown arms reached deep into the brown earth,
anchoring the eroding hillsides with tiny saplings.
Thirty million planted!
On the faces of rural women in Kenya, there is hope.
“I have a new dress, and I can eat!”, says one. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Each seedling is watered from hand-held tin cans. The new forest grows, the soil stabilizes.
Animals begin to return.
“Deep in the roots,” says Wangari, “we are planting the seeds of peace.”
After thirty years of planting, nurturing and growing,
Wangari gets the Nobel Prize.
“I’m a child of the soil.”
And isn’t that you and me? Aren’t our own brown hands there, planting, waiting, mothering,
knowing all our futures are in the thin new stems, their bending and giving?
“You must empower yourself. You must break the cycle.
You are planting hope in your life, and for your descendants.”
Wangari steps out on the Oslo balcony with her prize.
The streets erupt in ululation!
This is how we heal the Earth.
This is how we heal the Earth.
This is how we heal the Earth.
“Let’s plant trees!”

Annelinde Metzner
Black Mountain, North Carolina USA

This poem was the first entry I made into my blog, "Isn't It All of Us?" We also performed the poem here in a choral reading, with the choir providing the "ululation" near the end. What an inspiration she is! Annelinde

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olutosin's picture

Thanks!

This is soo beautiful....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Annelinde's picture

Thanks, Olutosin!

If you look at my poetry blog, www.AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com, you can hear a reading of the above poem by my friend, actress and storyteller Becky Stone. And you can hear my choir doing a ululation for Wangari!
Also, on the Video page, there is some footage from Osogbo, Nigeria (in 2010) on the day devoted to the orisha Oshun which we also celebrate here in Asheville, North Carolina USA.
Thank you and best wishes to you in your important work. Annelinde

Annelinde Metzner, composer and poet
AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com
IsntItAllofUs.blogspot.com
TheRootedEarth.blogspot.com

Annelinde's picture

Thanks, Olutosin!

If you look at my poetry blog, www.AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com, you can hear a reading of the above poem by my friend, actress and storyteller Becky Stone. And you can hear my choir doing a ululation for Wangari!
Also, on the Video page, there is some footage from Osogbo, Nigeria (in 2010) on the day devoted to the orisha Oshun which we also celebrate here in Asheville, North Carolina USA.
Thank you and best wishes to you in your important work. Annelinde

Annelinde Metzner, composer and poet
AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com
IsntItAllofUs.blogspot.com
TheRootedEarth.blogspot.com

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